The Last Airbender (2010) (part 8 of 10)

Zuko shows up, ready to rumble, and Katara says, “The Firelord’s son. You took him from our village!” Okay, does anyone else think it would be hilarious for her to narrate a Homer Simpson-style “Did I say that, or just think it?” right now?

And here we get what is in my opinion the most offensive and inexcusable piece of sexism in the movie. Katara won this fight in the show, and it took the sun rising and giving his firebending a boost for Zuko to get the advantage again. Here, Katara is taken out in a few seconds, via the brilliant tactic of sending two fireballs at her from different directions, counting on her to only block one, despite having plenty of time to see them both coming. I hate you, Night.

The Last Airbender (2010) (part 8 of 10)

After some useless footage of people running around the city, we cut back to Zuko kneeling over the unconscious Katara in a pointlessly creepy way. He says, “I’m not allowed to go home without him.” Um, who exactly are you talking to?

The Last Airbender (2010) (part 8 of 10)
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Ryan Lohner

Ryan lives in Sparta, New Jersey, a quaint little burg without much for kids to do except go to the movies. Thus began a lifelong love affair, as even back then he grew to love examining why a film worked, or didn't. He is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and currently studying for a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. His hobbies include running, piano, and annoying people with that damn lowercase forum user name.

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